Since the West Campus is all Spanish speakers, I'm so used to saying "Hola". It's kind of weird saying "Hello" and " Thank you" haha. This week was similar to last week. We have the same schedule each week. But I did learn a lot more Spanish and I did learn a lot more about how to begin teaching a lesson. It's a tricky task as a missionary. To be able to sit down with someone you don't know and to TRULY love them and to tie their life into the gospel. The easy thing about it is that the gospel connects to everyone's life, and the Spirit is what connects it to them. So really, if you talk about the gospel with the Spirit, you will be great friends with everyone. We have three progressing investigators right now and we just taught the Restoration to one. The Spirit was strong. It was great! Each day we teach someone. Our first fake investigator is our teacher now. It was a pretty cool experience.
I got to go to the temple today for P-Day. We did an endowment session and we saw an old video with the ASL version on the screens. So I got to read the script. (Which I loved by the way) I just love the temple. It gives me so much power and confidence as a missionary knowing that I am doing what the Lord wants me to do with my life right now.
For the devotional on Sunday, Richard I. Heaton shared about Charity. He said a statement that I want everyone to think about this week. "Charity will always require Sacrifice." Think about that for a second. When I think about that, I definitely think of Mom. She sacrifices so much for me and our whole family. Why? Because she has charity. I was reading in the Book of Mormon in Alma 26: 31-35.  We can witness of their love towards their brethren and also towards us. For behold, they had rather sacrifice their lives than even take the life of their enemy. And now behold I say unto you, has there been so great love in all the land? Now have we not reason to rejoice?.... Their love for their brethren was what converted them to the Lord. They were willing to sacrifice, and their sacrifice brought rejoicing. That rejoicing led to a deeper conversion. If we truly want to become like Christ and have charity, then what are we willing to sacrifice for it? Are we willing to sacrifice our pride? Our sins? Our time and talents? The greater sacrifice will bring greater the charity. Charity will ALWAYS require Sacrifice. That's definitely something that I need to work on and I know that through Christ, I can have more charity for everyone.
Thank you for all the thoughts, prayers, emails, letters, and anything else you've all done in my behalf. As a missionary, I can truly feel that love and it means the world to me. Being set apart as a missionary is such a great blessing. We truly are set apart from the things of the world.
Remember charity will always require sacrifice.
Elder Bosco II